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Full text of "The Gay Genius"

"Gathering of Scholars at Western Garden" (home of Prince Wang Shien) in
the year 1087, from a late copy, probably Ming, of the original painted by Li
Lungmien and described by Mi Fei. An earlier and more faithful copy by Chao
Mengfu exists in the Palace Museum, Peiping. Many copies were made of this
famous painting of a famous gathering. Present were three Sung painters and
Su Tungpo's disciples. In the copy above, Huang's position has been changed.
Chang Lei was originally kneeling on the ground instead of sitting. The figures
of Chao Puchih, Cheng Chiahui, and two others are missing. The three illustra-
tions that follow are details from this painting. (See page 242.) Courtesy Metro-
politan Museum of Art.